LUCKNOW: The Bharat Bandh call given by Sankyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) as a part of their ongoing protest against the farm laws evoked mixed response on Monday. While in some areas, markets were closed briefly, in some others, processions were taken out and road blocks were held. In eastern and Central UP, it was business as usual as the Bandh call failed to leave any noticeable impact.
In Lucknow, the SKM and their allies from various trade unions and social organisations including All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) gathered outside Begum Hazrat Mahal Park and staged a protest raising slogans against the central government for not heeding to the demand of withdrawing the farm laws.
Closed markets in Etawah on Monday
Leaders chose to address the gathering standing on the road divider which eventually ended up in a road blockade for a while. However, all the markets in Lucknow city remained open as the traders opted not to down the shutters in support of the farmers’ Bandh call.
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Shramik Janshakti Union along with their leader Kalmesh Yadav staged a road blockade at Bithauli crossing on Lucknow – Sitapur road. A similar protest was organised by Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Loktantrik leader Rakesh Chauhan in the Mall area on the outskirts of the state capital. In Sitapur and Kanpur reports said protesting farmers submitted memorandums with the district administrations addressed to the Centre demanding withdrawal of the farm laws.
Farmers led by BKU and All Indian Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIIMS) leaders held demonstrations in rural pockets of Prayagraj.
Women supporters blocked roads in Dhumanganj disrupting traffic on Prayagraj-Kanpur highway for hours. Protests were also reported from Jari, Bara and Ghoorpur areas of trans-Yamuna belt and Phulpur in trans-Ganga area of the Sangam city. Protesters took out a motorcycle rally near Dhumanganj and Sulem Sarai areas. Thereafter some of the protesters parked their tractors in the middle of the road leading to traffic jams. Attempts to block the road at Shankargarh, Koraon, Bahria, Sarai Mamrej located on GT Road were however foiled due to the presence of heavy police force. Business however remained largely unaffected in the city.
The Bandh call failed to evoke any noticeable impact in and around Varanasi.
Almost all the shops at Lalpur market remained open. Grain, fruit and vegetable markets in Deoria were closed briefly as a token protest in solidarity with the protesting farmers. In Farrukhabad, farmers gathered at the Christian College and reached the Collectorate in a procession where they submitted a memorandum revocation of the farm laws.